Travel / Tourism

“Sri Lanka is an important market for Emirates”

Views - 36 Thursday, 21 September 2017 10:24

Sri Lanka is an important market for Emirates and it is constantly exploring opportunities to facilitate growth, travel and leisure as well as trade in the country, asserted Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and In

Anantara Vacation Club partners Asia Miles

Views - 8 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Under the new partnership, Anantara Vacation Club Elite Diamond, Platinum and Royal Club Points Owners will have the option to convert their Club Points into Asia Miles. Anantara Vacation Club Phuket Mai Khao. Click to enlarge.

Qatar launches Electronic Travel Authorisation system

Views - 13 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Qatar is to make Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) available to visitors of all nationalities who hold valid residence permits or visas from either the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Schengen countri

Gulf Air increases Moscow service with daily flights

Views - 10 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

Gulf Air has announced it will increase its Moscow service from four weekly to daily flights with a new operating schedule that will come into effect in the last week of October, coinciding with the airline’s three-year anniversary of direct, nonst

CHSGA felicitates ‘Asia Pacific Bartender of the Year’ competition winners

Views - 11 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

The Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA) organised a felicitation ceremony for the two local contestants who received accolades at the ‘Asia Pacific Bartender of the Year’ competition held in Singapore recently. The event including c

China Southern Airlines launches direct services to Colombo from next week

Views - 25 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

China Southern Airlines has announced that it will be offering its passengers the advantage of non-stop scheduled services between Guangzhou (CAN-Baiyun International Airport, China) and Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka) with ef

SriLankan Airlines partners with to provide passengers a one-stop travel solution

Views - 13 Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

SriLankan Airlines has entered into a partnership with, the world’s largest accommodation website, providing airline passengers the convenience of booking accommodations online along with their flight tickets on the SriLankan Airlines w

NKAR to boost MICE tourism in Sri Lanka with top Indian corporates

Views - 173 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

NKAR Travels & Tours Ltd. last week partnered a signature MICE Tourism initiative for Sri Lanka in collaboration with its Indian counterpart at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo.

Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions certified as first VeggieHotels in Sri Lanka

Views - 42 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions becomes the first hotel in Sri Lanka to be certified by VeggieHotels – the first vegetarian hotel association worldwide. Introducing a holistic Ayurvedic experience

Boutique Hotel Theva Residency – Kandy wins 5 medals at Culinary Art Competition

Views - 11 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The Theva Residency walked away with five medals at the Culinary Art Exhibition 2017 presented by the Chef Guild of Lanka.

Presentation to new UNWTO Secretary General

Views - 28 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

The newly-elected Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Zurab Pololikashvili of Georgia was presented a commemorative plaque on behalf of the Minister of Tourism Development John Amaratunga.

Amaya Hills celebrates 20 years in hospitality

Views - 96 Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Perched in the coziest of settings, with a perfect view of the Kandy city and the never-ending Knuckles mountain range is the palace in the sky – Amaya Hills. unveils ‘Flight+Hotel’ bookings, adding even more savings

Views - 30 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company, is offering further savings to its customers via an all-new ‘Flight+Hotel’ booking feature. This new innovation on the website enables those booking combined travel and accommodation dea

Emirates to launch 4th daily service to Sydney, Australia

Views - 17 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Emirates is set to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services and improving connections globally.

Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw unveils water villas

Views - 58 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw, the luxury resort specialising in destination weddings, recently unveiled the latest addition to its extravagant portfolio, four romantic water villas that offer seclusion amidst sumptuous amenities. The resort commenced

Sri Lanka taps leading Malaysian tour operators

Views - 119 Tuesday, 19 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in collaboration with the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Malaysia arranged a Tourism Promotion Workshop and a B2B session for leading Malaysian travel agents and senior officials of Malaysia Tourism. The distinguis

Cinnamon Future of Tourism Summit 2017: Role of technology in steering dynamics of travel and touris

Views - 79 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Technology as we know evolves every day: The way we consume content over different platforms plays a major role in feeding information, allowing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Analytics as we prefer to call it, to push recommendations and take u

Sri Lanka Tourism deepens reach in Germany

Views - 96 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism is conducting business to business meetings in four German cities starting from 12 September.

Qatar Airways takes home 2 awards at this year’s Future Travel Experience Global Awards Ceremony

Views - 14 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

Awards recognise Qatar Airways’ revolutionary new Business Class experience, Qsuite, and the airline’s highly innovative baggage system, HAQIBA

Cocoon Resort & Villas focuses on going green

Views - 41 Friday, 15 September 2017 00:00

In a day and age where ‘going green’ is limited to a marketing tactic and everyone wants to get on the eco-friendly bandwagon, few establishments actually stay true to their word and quite literally get their hands dirty in trying to save our pla

AirAsia revamps Frequent Flyer program

Views - 26 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

AirAsia has overhauled its loyalty program to make it easier for customers to earn AirAsia BIG Points. The Freedom Flyer Program, powered by AirAsia BIG Loyalty, is based on a membership status system determined by how often guests fly.

Emirates celebrates 100th A380 purchase with special fares from Colombo

Views - 54 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Almost a month to the day it operated the first ever commercial A380 flight to Sri Lanka, Emirates is offering travellers from Colombo a chance to celebrate the forthcoming delivery of its 100th A380 with special fares to destinations across the airl

SIA, SilkAir unveil promotional fares for select destinations

Views - 35 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

With the ‘Great Singapore Airlines Getaway’, there is no better time than now to experience more of the world with Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. Enjoy great fares to the world’s top destinations, along with a variety of perks to make travelli

Fairway buys control of Ascot Leisure

Views - 70 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Fairway Holdings is to acquire 75% stake in Ascot Leisure from Ascot Holdings Plc.

Sri Lanka honoured at UNWTO

Views - 30 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Sri Lanka’s rise as a global tourism destination was recognised at the 22nd Annual General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The bi-annual meeting is currently taking place in Chengdu, China from 11 to 16 September. It will

CHFMA Certificate Program for Hotel Industry conducted jointly by CMA and SLITHM inaugurated

Views - 36 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

The Certified Hospitality Finance and Management Accountant Program jointly conducted by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA) and the Sri Lanka Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SLITHM) commenced the CHF

William Angliss Institute hosts ‘Flavours of our Heritage’ lunch for Assistant Minister Vocational E

Views - 22 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

On 1 September Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, visited William Angliss Institute (WAI) CAHM at SLIIT for lunch and a tour of the campus under the invitation and patronage of Tim Huggins, Deputy High Commissio

La Belle Époque: Newest banquet facility in town!

Views - 73 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Steeped with history but wrapped in a total new look is – La Belle Époque the newest and trendy banquet facility in town! Fully air-conditioned, adorned with chandeliers and a built in bar, the building has two levels, with an infinity pool on the

Club Med to open first resort in Sri Lanka in August next year

Views - 59 Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Club Med has unveiled plans to open its first resort in Sri Lanka in August next year.

Impact of online travel operators on SME accommodation providers in Sigiriya, Habarana and Dambulla

Views - 226 Wednesday, 13 September 2017 00:00

With the tourism boom in the recent post war period of Sri Lanka, there has been a considerable growth in the SME segment of accommodation providers. This growth has been possible primary due the strong presence of Online Travel Operators (OTAs) thro

Today's Columnists

Why are interest rates high?

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The general public is concerned about the high level of interest rates prevailing in the recent past. Interest rates influences the day-to-day life of ordinary people as it is the benchmark for all economic decisions.

Think, speak, walk and act with purpose!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

As a nation we are perhaps positioned within a time period where we need our population to act with purpose rather than with discord. We currently appear to find solace in distress and appear to be a nation in waiting for trouble with all the news al

CEB engineers and power generation proposals

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Future electricity supply to the country is sitting on a time bomb. Since latter part of 2016, expected rainfall failed to arrive and the rainfall in 2017 was worse. Meanwhile 3x300 MW capacity Norochcholai power plant’s generators failed to operat

Simple, sector-specific IoT solutions to drive economic value in Sri Lanka over the short term

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The Internet of Things, or IoT, is the next technological revolutionpoised to change the way we, and everything around us, communicate and interact. Management consultant company McKinsey forecasts that IoT will generate up to $11trillion a year in e

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